In the NBA, many players have their own unique nicknames. When it comes to these nicknames, fans can quickly think of the corresponding players. However, when asked where these nicknames come from, fans are often left speechless.
In fact, some of these epithets were awarded to players by the NBA community, and some players used their original nicknames directly after entering the league because they had a befitting moniker themselves.
If someone asks what the coolest nickname in league history is, "Magic" is the first thing that pops into my mind. However, because the name has spread so widely in the basketball world, many people don't know what the Hall of Famer's real name is.
Without further ado, let's reveal the answer directly. This player is the famous Earvin Johnson. Earvin Johnson has been known to cause a stir no matter what level of game he plays. Especially when he was 15 years old in one game, he scored an incredible 30 points alone, including 20 rebounds and 19 assists. He also became famous and was given the pseudonym "Magic" by a sports reporter.
In recent years, due to the continuous emergence of outstanding players, more and more cool nicknames have appeared in the NBA. Next, I will focus on the top five coolest current NBA player nicknames.
Top 5 Kyle Anderson - Slo-Mo
Kyle Anderson's most accurate nickname is "Slo-Mo" since "Slo-Mo" is the primary style of play for the forward on Kyle Anderson's team, the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Anderson's approach to combat is very cautious. So, you often see an interesting phenomenon in him. That is, even if the shooting time is about to end, he will not shoot easily. This results in his release rate being the lowest in the league.
For most of Anderson's career, he was basically a role player and often came off the bench. As a result, he averaged 7.2 points per game in his first season with the Timberwolves while shooting 40.9 percent from the field.
Top 4 Kawhi Leonard - The Claw
Kawhi Leonard earned the nickname "The Claw" because of his unusually large hands. Visually speaking, the way Leonard takes the ball every time is as easy as an eagle grasping its prey from above with its talons.
Although it is said that almost all NBA players will have the skill of controlling the ball with their hands, Leonard's ball-handling ability is one of the best among all players. It is also because of Leonard's superior ball-handling ability that helped him win the NBA Finals MVP awards twice.
Top 3 Nikola Jokic - Joker
In general, you rarely see a second-round pick turn into one of the most incredible talents in the league. But Nikola Jokic has done it, and proved that no matter where he is selected in the draft, he will play at a superior level.
Jokic's "Joker" nickname was given to him by his coach Mike Miller in 2017. Jokic used to be called "Big Honey", but he prefers to be called "Joker". He was given this nickname purely because of his amazing ability, especially his passing ability.
Jokic has been the reigning league MVP for two seasons as a big man for the Denver Nuggets. At the same time, he's also the only second-rounder to win the MVP award.
Top 2 Steph Curry - Baby-Faced Assassin
If you only observe Steph Curry from the outside, you will find that he has an innocent face and is personable. But on the court, you will find that this guard from the Golden State Warriors perfectly interprets "appearances are deceiving."
Curry's ball-handling is outstanding, and his three-point shooting rate is extremely high. Specifically, he is the historical three-pointer leader and holds the record for the most three-pointers made in a single season. That's why Curry was nicknamed "Baby-Faced Assassin".
Top 1 Kevin Durant - Slim Reaper
Kevin Durant is one of the greatest scorers in league history. Because of his nearly seven-foot height and superb guard ability, basically no player can guard him.
It is precisely because Kevin Durant's offensive ability is very strong, he is currently one of the most dangerous offensive players in the league. The nickname "Slim Reaper" is apt given how he scares opposing defenders.
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